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Smart Technologies for Traffic Management

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Controlling traffic on the road is not easy, especially in densely populated cities. Overcrowding leads to delays, accidents and hampers the environment, but intelligent technologies can aid drivers, pedestrians and other road users get where they need to go safely and efficiently.

IoT technology permits the collection of data to improve mobility in cities transportation systems, parking facilities. These data can assist in decision making about reducing traffic congestion, improving security and efficiency, as well as enhancing economic sustainability.

If a traffic signal detects that more vehicles are arriving from one direction than the other, it will adjust its timing to serve the drivers better. This saves time and fuel for motorists, as well as reducing carbon emissions from idling cars. Smart traffic lights can be programmed to alter their timing in real-time in response to road conditions, like construction zones or heavy traffic. This significantly decreases delays in traffic flow and can cut travel times by 10 percent or more.

These technologies will help city planners avoid costly infrastructure improvements and overcrowding, and they can also detect structural issues, such as bridges that may be unsafe or in construction. And, they can help emergency vehicles access the roads quickly. The chances of a victim getting through a traffic accident are significantly reduced for every minute that an ambulance or firetruck takes to reach the scene.

To allow these and other smart technologies to function efficiently they require the support of a reliable, scalable and secure network infrastructure. That’s why Spectrum Enterprise provides the connectivity required to power IoT sensors in smart traffic management systems, as well as the interfaces that provide useful insights.